My Guide to Understanding Islam is a 3-volume set for today’s Muslim youth.
Growing in faith, and exemplary conduct, are essential for any Muslim on the path to intellectual, social, and spiritual maturation and perfection. My Guide to Understanding Islam is a three-volume compendium of rules and standards for today’s Muslim youth. It can serve as a self-study manual, and is suitable as well for the curriculum of Islamic education.
As the eminent Muslim scholar Bediuzzaman stated, “Belief is both light and power. Those who attain true belief can challenge the universe, and, in proportion to their belief’s strength, be relieved of the pressures of events…Belief requires affirming Divine Unity; affirmation of Divine Unity requires submitting to God; submission to God requires relying on God, and reliance on God yields happiness in both worlds.”
This is the definitive handbook for young readers seeking to learn and uphold the tenets of Islam.
Table of Content
Table of Contents
The Importance of Reading
A Person Reaches Perfection by Reading
THE BENEFITS OF READING
Reading Keeps the Brain Young and Active
The Noble Prophet Prescribes That We Read
BELIEF IN GOD
Can Something Come into Existence by Itself?
I Only Believe What I See with My Own Eyes!
FAITH AND DISBELIEF
Luminous Statements from the Risale-i Nur Collection
THE FAITH OF THE COMPANIONS
The Most Handsome Man of Mecca
How Can We Explain the Notion That the Daily Prayers Consist
of All Forms of Worship?
MISSING THE PRAYER
THE RIGHTS OF PARENTS
Never Show Impatience or Anger to Your Parents
PARENTS’ RIGHTS CANNOT BE REPAID
Supplications of Those Who Please Their Parents Are Accepted
The Prayers and Supplications of
Our Beloved Prophet
We Should Not Neglect Daily Recitations
The Tasbihat That Saved the “Butcher Tahir” from Execution
THE ANGELS AND THEIR DUTIES
A THOUSAND ANGELS HELPED THEM
BELIEF IN THE HEREAFTER
Our Eternal Abode Is the Hereafter
A Person Aware of the Course of Creation Should Never
Doubt the Resurrection after Death
WORSHIP: GHUSL (Major Ablution)
Obligatory Acts of Ablution
Words of the Noble Prophet
Why Must We Observe the Prescribed Prayer?
Prayers Performed in Prison
Occasionally We May Neglect Our Duties of Servitude
A Short Story
Is There an Age Limit for Worship?
A Short Story
Two Youths and the Two Paths They Encountered
What Does Mujaddid Mean?
A Short Chronology:
Receiving the Title “Bediüzzaman”—Wonder of the Age
He Followed the Path of the Prophets
AWARENESS OF HISTORY
Progress Is Impossible without the Resources of History
They Never Die
The Theater Abolished by Abdul Hamid II
Prophet Muhammad, Peace and Blessings Be upon Him
Why Are Good Manners So Important?
Why Good Manners?
The Noble Prophet Was Extremely Mild Mannered
What Are the Signs of Loving the Noble Prophet?
A Person Is with Those He Loves
LIFE OF THE COMPANIONS
The Companions’ Love for the Noble Prophet
The Last Adhan
AN EMINENT SCHOLAR AND TEACHER
His Playful Aspect
His Spiritual and Intellectual Life
His Daily Life
Fethullah Gülen’s Life in Brief
Why the Young Man Held His Finger over a Flame
Is Watching Obscene Films and Looking
at Obscene Pictures Prohibited?
Etiquette of Good Manners
Eating with the Right Hand
Eating with the Left Hand
Purity Is an Important Characteristic
What Are the Characteristics of a Good Friend?
Mehmet Akif Ignored the Rain
The Etiquette of Entertaining Guests
Points the Homeowner Should Observe
The Rules a Guest Should Observe
Other Recommendations Regarding Sleeping and Checking
the Bed before Sleeping
Avoiding Sleeping in Places That Are Unsafe
Supplicating When Going to Sleep and on Awakening
The Noble Prophet Encouraged Supplication
Complying with the Manners of Sitting in an Assembly
Sitting between Two People without Asking Permission
Prohibiting Sitting in Places Where Religious Beliefs Are Mocked
A Seed in My Palm
The Manners of Speech
Good Opinion Is Essential
Clothing as a Means of Ostentation
Wearing Nice Clothing as a Sign of Praise
Wearing Untidy Clothing in Public
Wearing Clothing with Images of Animals
The Etiquette of Participating in a Gathering
Compete with One Another in Kindness!
Relations with Neighbors
Why Can We Not See God?
Striving in God’s Cause, Invitation and Guidance
One Should Only Be Self-Sacrificing for the Sake of God
He Sacrificed His Life for His Friend
What Do the Words “Being Conscious of Your Responsibility” Mean?
Issues That Impede on Jihad
The Qur’an Will Intercede for Its Reciters on Judgment Day
What Are the Features Distinguishing the Qur’an from Other Books?
How Was the Noble Prophet’s Relationship with Others?